Katun River

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Katun (Катунь)
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The Katun River in Tungur village
Name origin: "woman", Altay language
Country Russia
Regions Altai Republic, Altai Krai
Part of Ob River basin
 - left Koksa River, Ursul River, Kamenka River (Katun)
 - right Koutcherla River, Argout River, Chuya River, Icha River
Source Katun Glacier
 - location Belukha Mountain, Altai Republic
 - elevation 2,300 m (7,546 ft)
 - coordinates 49°44′40″N 86°39′41″E / 49.74444°N 86.66139°E / 49.74444; 86.66139
Mouth Ob River
 - location Confluence with Biya River, near Biysk, Altai Krai
 - elevation 195 m (640 ft)
 - coordinates 52°25′54″N 85°01′26″E / 52.43167°N 85.02389°E / 52.43167; 85.02389Coordinates: 52°25′54″N 85°01′26″E / 52.43167°N 85.02389°E / 52.43167; 85.02389
Length 688 km (428 mi)
Basin 60,900 km2 (23,514 sq mi)
Discharge for Srotski, 58 kilometres (36 mi) from the mouth
 - average 617 m3/s (21,789 cu ft/s) [1]
 - max 2,930 m3/s (103,472 cu ft/s)
 - min 16 m3/s (565 cu ft/s)

The Katun River (Russian: Катунь, Katuń; Altai: Кадын, Qadın) is a river in the Altai Republic and the Altai Krai of Russia. It forms the Ob River as it joins the Biya River some 19 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Biysk. The Katun River is 688 kilometres (428 mi) long, and its drainage basin covers 60,900 square kilometres (23,500 sq mi). It originates in the Katun glaciers on the southern slope of Belukha Mountain. The river freezes up in late November or early December and breaks up in early or mid-April. The Katun River has a few tributaries: Argut River, Chuya River, Koksa River and Sema River. The river is navigable.

Katun River in the Altai Republic

The upper reach of the Katun River flows down the distant and sparsely populated area, but a few kilometers downstream near the Kujus village, the coastal population density grows steadily and the area downstream of the Ust-Sema village is the most populated. There are numerous buildings, holiday camps and various guest houses in the pine forest near the village.


  1. ^ "Katun River discharge at Srotski". Soviet Union Hydro-Station archive. UNESCO. 1936–1990. Retrieved 2010-11-12.